The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is championing a sustainable material-first approach that is led by resource availability rather than trends. Their recent efforts saw them collaborate with inspiring designers from around the world who added their unique touches to bring life to wood.

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Pantone, a provider of professional colour language standards and digital solutions for the design community, has picked its colour of the year for 2024: Peach Fuzz.

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Brace yourself for new design inspirations for the new year, starting from the most basic aesthetic element: colours. Here is a look at the colours that may define 2023.

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We kick start the new year with a look at the different colour trends to look out for in interior decorations. As we look to move beyond a life of isolation and restrictions, and yearn for a return to social interaction, this year’s colours are ones that blend nature, serenity and hope in hues that are soothing, yet adventurous.

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This paper describes the importance of including a Human-Centred Design (HCD) approach for successful university–industry collaboration. By detailing a HCD approach, we reveal how to better direct the design outcomes to accurately reflect the research intent. By Jo Kuys, Abdullah Al Mahmud and Blair Kuys, Swinburne University of Technology

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It is desirable that manufacturers of furniture products determine in advance, at the stage of its design, the level of safety when using certain raw materials. For this purpose, a technique is proposed that allows us to determine the concentration of harmful substances in the air of the premises with the selected materials, design and manufacturing technology of furniture products. By Boris Rybin, Irina Zavrazhnova and Dmitry Rybin, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Ruslan Safin and Shamil Mukhametzyanov, Kazan National Research Technological University, and Albina Gazizulina, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University

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With the development of industrial mass production, the traditional handicraft industry is facing a series of challenges. The current development of the traditional handicraft industry requires both external heritage protection of the government and the internal transformation and innovation of the industry. By Kuo-Kuang Fan and Ting-Ting Feng, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology

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For next season, it’s all about adding a new twist to popular trends for a refreshing change in the home. Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, dishes on 3 of the top trend predictions for Spring/Summer 2019 and how to get the look at home.

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Assessment of daylighting in the residential hall of a historical chateau is presented. Valuable paintings and claddings as well as wallpapers and furniture upholstery in the hall are extremely light sensitive and they need to be protected from light damage. By Jitka Mohelníková, Denis Míček and Skarleta Floreková, Brno University of Technology, Alena Selucká, Technical Museum in Brno, and Martin Dvořák, National Heritage Institute

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Many companies that produce environmentally friendly furniture enjoy commercial success. In addition to sustainability, end customers appreciate quality and good design, and they are happy to pay more for it. By Koelnmess via ambista

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